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Discoms find fall in electricity consumption during fest of lights

If you thought there is a rise in electricity consumption during the festival of lights,you got another thing coming.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: November 5, 2010 5:10:04 am

If you thought there is a rise in electricity consumption during the festival of lights,you got another thing coming. Distributors claim that contrary to popular belief,it actually dips on account of the closure of factories and major business establishments.

“Electricity consumption goes down during the festive season around Diwali as people move towards fancy lighting for decoration purposes,which hardly consumes any electricity. Consumers basically seek the joy of non-electrification days during this period,” says Ajey Maharaj,Head,Corporate Communication,North Delhi Power Limited. “Moreover,traditional articles of lighting such as candles and diyas take over,especially on the day of Diwali,” he adds. The company,which distributes electricity in North and North West parts of Delhi,serves a populace of 50 lakh.

V K Garg,Deputy General Manager,Operations,Delhi Transco Limited,points out the factors that contribute to lesser consumption of power on Diwali. “Factories (one of the major power consumers) also remain closed during this period. There is just a minimal load of usage,that too in the evening for a few hours,which is negligible,” he says.

Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) is the state transmission utility for the National Capital Territory of Delhi,and one of the six successor companies of the Delhi Vidyut Board. DTL has also been assigned the responsibility of running the State Load Dispatch Centre,an apex body that ensures integrated operation of power systems in Delhi.

Some experts attribute the lesser consumption of power to the change in the weather around the period of festivities,which begins in October with the Navratri festival. “Apart from that,due to the onset of winter during the same period,consumers do not use air conditioners or fans. So,the demand for electricity is basically less during the October-November period. It again shoots up around December,when geysers and heaters become a necessity,” says Maharaj. Agrees V K Garg,saying: “Yes,the change in season is one of the most important factors.”

A day ahead of Diwali in 2009,NDPL recorded 922 MW of electricity consumption. Also,a stark 1004 MW of consumption marked October 15,in the same year. Compared to them,the Diwali day of October 17,2009,recorded electricity consumption of just 771 MW.

Compared to 2009,the power consumption is expected to be even lower this year,say distributors. “This year,November is turning out to be cooler than last year. Therefore,electricity consumption during Diwali is expected to reduce further,” says Maharaj.

Ranjeeta Booty from TERI’s environment education and awareness department claims with the public using traditional modes of lighting such as diyas and candles this Diwali,the electricity consumption would head further south.

“Make rangolis and say no to crackers this Diwali. For decoration,bling lights should be used as they consume lesser energy,” she said,stressing on the need to go green on Diwali.

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